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  1. On Friday morning the Notts Youth team travelled to Clay Cross Town FC’s Central Midlands League ground to take on Chesterfield in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup. I always enjoy these rare treats when youth team games are played at non-league football grounds rather than the usual academy grounds because they have ‘facilities’, which usually means I can have a cup of tea and a sit down in a stand, as opposed to just standing behind a rope at an empty windswept field! This is the first of three group games in the league cup, the other two being away at Port Vale and at home to Wrexham in
  2. On Saturday morning, the Notts County youth team played hosts to local rivals Burton Albion. In the fledgling league table, the Magpies were third with four points from two games, while the day's opponents were on three points from a single game. The only change to the Notts team was the loss of Ryan Ebanks, who was injured in last week's game and was replaced by Declan Dunn with George McCartney moving inside to centre-back from full-back. The heavy rain in the early morning cleared and the game kicked off in fine but breezy conditions. Notts had the best of the early ex
  3. Notts County's youth team travelled to Lincoln on Saturday to play their Imps counterparts at the Priory City Lincoln Academy. As a venue name it's decent enough, but it cannot compare with the venue for the last two visits which were at Lincoln United's Sun Hat Villas Stadium - that's what you call a stadium name. Notts began the game with an unchanged team after their 2-1 win over Scunthorpe and facing into a strong breeze. The Magpies were dealt an early blow when centre-back Ryan Ebanks was forced to leave the field with an injury and was replaced by Tyrese Kennedy, who went
  4. Notts County Youth Team vs. Scunthorpe United Youth Team, Saturday 6th August 2016, Highfields Notts County’s youth team played their first league game of the 2016-17 season at the University of Nottingham pitches at Highfields, Beeston, after a two-year spell at Arnold Town FC. The pitches are certainly an improvement on the ones at Arnold. The Magpies' first opponents were Scunthorpe United, who finished second last season in the league, so it would surely be a tough test for the young Notts academy players in their opening game. The kick-off was slightly delayed when the Scun
  5. Notts County’s youth team played their last pre-season game at the picturesque ground of Awsworth Villa FC in Nottinghamshire against their Ilkeston FC counterparts. The game got off to an explosive start when, straight from the kick-off, Sam Osbourn raced at the Ilkeston defence, side stepping a number of defenders before firing a shot from the edge of the area which went in off the inside of the post giving the goalkeeper no chance. So, after only a few seconds played, Notts were already a goal ahead. The rest of the first half was evenly contested but, moments before the bre
  6. With Notts County's youth team having slipped to fourth position in the league after a 3-1 defeat away at Oldham in their last game, a win was required to regain their place amongst the pacesetters. Still without their first choice keeper after he broke a finger, Notts began the match into the breeze on a very hard and bobbly pitch. As early as the very first minute Notts fell behind when a cross was headed goalwards by a Rotherham striker. It was going just inside at the foot of the post but the Notts keeper dived and got his hand to it but couldn’t prevent it crossing the li
  7. After last week's thrilling late win at Grimsby, the league table has a fascinating look to it. All the top four teams are on 27 points, with Notts' superior goal difference putting them right on top of the pile. This Saturday (just like the first team) the young 'Pies are at home to Hartlepool United with the obvious added pressure that in order to stay at the top of the league table, another win is required. It is hoped that Jack McMillan will have recovered from the knock that saw him limping off the pitch on Saturday and that Yohan Rutty-Smith and Luther Wildin a
  8. Notts were without Luther Wildin and Yohan Rutty-Smith and faced a tough game on a cold and breezy morning at Grimsby Town's training ground. The team was reorganised slightly and in came Jake Payling at left-back and Alex Howes on the left side of midfield. The game settled down to be an even contest with both sides going close on occasions. On 24 minutes Notts fell behind when a loose pass was intercepted and fired home from about 20 yards by the Grimsby striker. Two minutes before half-time Montel Gibson chased what looked to be a lost cause but forced the keeper into an error a
  9. A cracking game in prospect with the Notts Youth team in 7th place taking on local rivals Burton Albion who were 8th. Notts were five points behind the leaders but with a game in hand - so a win was needed to keep up with the league leaders. Back in August Burton had won the first meeting between the teams 2-0 so Notts were looking to avenge that defeat. Although cold it was a lovely sunny morning at Arnold FC's ground with Burton Albion's first team manager, Nigel Clough, in attendance. In a keenly contested game it was Burton who took control of the game in the early stages with Notts ba
  10. While I am always being told that the development of the young ‘Pies is always deemed to be more important than winning football matches, I am sure it is easier for the coaches to get their points across if the lads can see it gets results on a Saturday. With that in mind, it seems a long time ago, at the end of November in fact, when the Notts youth team sat proud on top of their league. Since then they have only played only twice, during December, losing both games, bowing out of the FA Youth Cup to an outstanding and undefeated (at the time) Luton Town team and losing 1-0
  11. Notts County's Youth team bowed out of the FA Youth Cup to an excellent Luton Town team who have now gone 22 games unbeaten this season. Notts were without Jake Payling and Yohan Rutty-Smith their powerful, left sided wide player through injury but otherwise they were at full strength. Right from the off Luton dominated the game playing some neat passing and creating a number of shooting chances. After only fifteen minutes Notts fell behind when a pacy Luton forward got on the end of a through ball to slot past the Notts keeper for the first goal. Only four minutes later Notts
  12. If you are not travelling to Wycombe on Tuesday, why not pop down to Meadow Lane to see the Notts County Youth team in action in the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup against Luton Town. It is the first time in a number of years that the Notts youngsters have reached this stage of the competition so please get along to support them if you can - kick-off is 7pm. Luton are a very impressive side having gone the first 21 games of their season undefeated. Add to that the fact that, before their last game, The young 'Pies were also top of their division - so it has all the making
  13. The 'Top of the Table' young Magpies travelled to Lincoln this morning to take on a Lincoln City side who were 'breathing down their necks' being only a single point behind them in the table. The game was played at Lincoln United's Ashby Avenue ground in a strong wind with an uneven playing surface. Notts were without their usual two wide players through injury and illness and this affected their attacking play. As always, they battled hard, but they struggled to get the ball down and get their usual passing game going and without their usual two wide men their attacking options were
  14. This season can only be described as starting slowly, with only a single league win in the first five games, leaving the young ‘Pies third from bottom of their division. Then followed an amazing turnaround. With a few positional tweaks by their coach Dan Leivers the team went on a fantastic run winning nine of their next ten games in all competitions, including six consecutive league wins, which has taken them to the top of their league. This successful run was also achieved with a very young team, with, on average, only three second year scholars being selected, the team be
  15. Notts' youth team have started the season as they traditionally do these days - slowly!   With only one league win in their first five games it is hoped the team will get stronger as the season progresses as they have done over recent seasons.   This morning the youth team were up against a Scunthorpe team who had started the season so much better than Notts with only a single defeat in their first six games and were sat fourth in the table - so with three players out with injuries the Notts youth team were going to have a tough game on their hands.   From the start N
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